1. He failed to live ______ to his parents' expectations.
2. The police have promised to look _______ the problem.
3. The car is playing ______ again. It won’t start.
4. John is clever but he can’t put his ideas _________.
5. Diane’s poor performance was put _____ to nerves.
6. I hate saying goodbye but I went to the airport to see them ______.
7. I think this rain has set ____ for the day. We won’t be able to go for a walk.
8. Slowly the realisation that I had won began to sink __________.
9. E.g. stands ___________ exempli gratia. It’s Latin.
10. My assistant will stand __________ for me while I'm away.
Up. Live up to: to do as well as or be as good as other people expect you to. Estar a la altura de algo. No defraudar. E.g. the play quite lived up to my expectations. The team called “The No-Hopers” certainly lived up to its name.
Into. Look into sth: to examine something. E.g. I wrote a letter of complaint, and the airline has promised to look into the matter.
Up. Play up/play sb up: behave or work badly. To cause somebody problems or pain. E.g. the kids have been playing up all day. My shoulder is playing me up today.
Across. Put yourself/sth across/over to sb: To communicate your ideas, feelings, etc. successfully to somebody. E.g. she’s not very good at putting her views across.
Down. Put sth down to sth: to consider that something is caused by something. Attribute. E.g. what do you put her success down to?
6. Off. See sb off: to go to a station, an airport, etc. to say goodbye to somebody who is starting a journey. E.g. Anne saw Terry off at the station.
In. Set in: to begin and seem likely to continue. E.g. shortly after the business started, a long economic downturn set in.
In. Sink in: to be fully understood or realized. E.g. he paused to allow his words to sink in. The full scale of the disaster has yet to sink in. It took a moment for the implications of what she was saying to sink in.
For. Stand for: to be an abbreviation or symbol of something. E.g. ‘The book's by T.C. Smith.’ ‘What does the ‘T.C.’ stand for?’.
10. In. Stand in for: to take somebody's place. Carol has kindly agreed to stand in for Graham at the monthly meeting.